empty-nest syndrome
noun Date: 1972 an emotional letdown often experienced by an empty nester

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Empty nest syndrome — is a general feeling of loneliness that parents/other guardian relatives may feel when one or more of their children leave home. While more common in women, it can happen to both sexes. The marriage of a child can lead to similar feelings, with… …   Wikipedia

  • empty-nest syndrome — ☆ empty nest syndrome [emp′tē nest′ ] n. a form of mental depression said to be caused in women by the loss felt when their children grow up and leave home * * * …   Universalium

  • empty-nest syndrome — ☆ empty nest syndrome [emp′tē nest′ ] n. a form of mental depression said to be caused in women by the loss felt when their children grow up and leave home …   English World dictionary

  • empty-nest syndrome — Traditionally in Chinese families, adult children live with their elderly parents under the same roof. Chinese people start to experience empty nest syndrome as a result of social change. Empty nest syndrome is very peculiar in China in several… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • empty-nest syndrome — /ɛmpti ˈnɛst sɪndroʊm/ (say emptee nest sindrohm) noun Colloquial depression which affects some parents whose children have all grown up and left home: *Like mothers everywhere, she suffered from empty nest syndrome when he left home in the early …   Australian English dictionary

  • empty nest syndrome — the sad feelings which parents have when their children grow up and leave home. The last of her children had recently moved out and she was suffering from empty nest syndrome …   New idioms dictionary

  • empty nest syndrome — a depressed state felt by some parents after their children have left home. [1970 75] * * * empty nest syndrome, a form of depression supposedly common among women whose children have grown up and left home …   Useful english dictionary

  • empty-nest syndrome — emp·ty nest syndrome em(p) tē nest n the emotional letdown often experienced by a parent whose children have grown up and moved away from home …   Medical dictionary

  • empty nest syndrome — emp′ty nest′ syn drome n. psl a depressed state felt by some parents after their children have grown up and left home • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • empty nest syndrome — noun a feeling of loneliness or depression experienced by some parents when their children have matured and left home See Also: empty nester …   Wiktionary

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